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The Health Benefits Of Dancing Go Beyond Exercise And Stress Reducer

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:15am

What are the health implications of dancing? New social science research shows that dancing in synchrony with others increases people's threshold for dealing with pain.

Cyclist Teaches Kids To Use Fun To Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:00am

Jaime Rangel was 14 when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Bike rides helped him get in shape and defeat the illness. Today he's 26 and showing other kids from low-income families how to do it.

The Unintended Consequences Of Trying To Fix Traffic

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:10pm

Everyone hates traffic. Unfortunately, our best efforts to curb it usually make it worse.

'Biggest Loser' Lessons: Why The Body Makes It Hard To Keep Pounds Off

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

New research into the lives of past Biggest Loser contestants found many regain much of the weight they lost in the show --sometimes 100 pounds or more — because their biology works against them.

3 Strange Worlds Circling A Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots To Support Life

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:11am

Scientists say each of these planets has one searingly hot side that's always facing the star and one frigidly cold side that's always facing away. But the regions in between might be cozy.

Can An Online Game Help Create A Better Test For TB?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:01am

In a vote of confidence for citizen science, researchers who created an online RNA-folding game launched the project's first challenge aimed at a disease — creating a better tuberculosis test.

Ringling Bros. Circus Holds Final Shows Featuring Elephants

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 9:09am

In the world of animal rights, one activist compares it to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The original plan called for phasing out elephants' role in the circus by 2018.

What's Good For The Heart Is Good For The Brain

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:45am

Choosing a heart-healthy lifestyle can help protect your brain as you age, research suggests. And it's not just memory skills that benefit. Problem solving abilities and judgement are preserved, too.

Forget Talent, Success Comes From 'Grit'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:55am

Rachel Martin talks with Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who brought the idea of "grit" as a marker of success into the American mainstream. Her book posits that achievement is about persistence.

#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 7:09am

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:55am

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.

Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:00am

Raising the cost of alcohol with taxes makes it less likely that teenagers will die in a drunk-driving accident, a study finds. Some teen-specific policies like graduated drivers licenses help, too.

Neanderthals Were Less Picky Eaters Than Early Humans

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:36pm

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.

Join Us At 12pm EST Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:10am

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:04am

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

But not just looking at skulls — reconstructing human faces from them. This forensic artist once worked several jobs, hating "every morning I got up." Then, she took a class in anthropology.

Ashley Madison Hack Inspires Social Scientists To Look Behind The Names

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:29pm

A leak of names from one of the world's most famous "adultery" sites, Ashley Madison, got social scientists thinking. They've recently tried to see if people who like to cheat in their marriages also have a propensity to cheat at work.

In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:00pm

Mosquitoes infected with Zika haven't turned up along the U.S. Gulf Coast yet, but could thrive in the region's sultry summer weather. Pregnant women and their doctors are already taking precautions.

Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:41am

The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.

Genetic Variations Help Make Fraternal Twins More Likely

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:06am

Scientists identified two genetic variants that make it more likely that a woman will give birth to fraternal twins. Knowing this might help develop safer fertility treatments.




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